Mio heart rate monitor straps wrist watch (2)

Wrist mounted heart rate monitors are nothing new for Mio, but the company is more cycling specific features into a new device to better target the two wheeled set. Called the Velo, the wrist strap uses the same continuous technology that monitors your heart rate using LED lights and an electro-optical cell that can sense the volume of blood under the skin (similar to other products like the Lifebeam helmet). That means you get your heart rate without the need for a strap across your chest.

What sets the Velo apart from their other HRMs is the new bridging capability which can read your ANT+ and BLE speed and cadence sensors. From there the Velo can connect to your phone, providing all of the necessary metrics in one place. Set for retail at $129, the Velo does not have a built in display and will be available in November.

Looking for a fitness tracker that will also keep track of your heart rate? Check out the new fuse next…

Mio heart rate monitor straps wrist watch (3)

All of Mio’s devices use the same optical sensor to measure your heart rate. As long as the straps are tightly secured to your wrist they are as accurate as many chest straps.

Mio heart rate monitor straps wrist watch (1)

Billed as an all day activity tracker, the new Mio Fuse is aimed at the Fitbit, etc. market. In addition to providing a display with clock and feedback such as HR, the strap measures continuous heart rate, steps, calories, distance, speed, and pace. Water resistant to 30 meters and rechargeable, the Fuse looks like a solid addition for fitness buffs. Pricing and availability tbd.



  1. Matt on

    I have the MIO Alpha and it works great as a HRM watch in general. Bluetooth was a little tricky till recently on Android but so far so good

  2. Barnstable E. Fyfe on

    and an electro-optical cell that can sense the volume of blood under the skin

    amusing direct reporting of advertisement puffery, peculiar refusal to be skeptical and objective

    I’m sure that “electro-optical cell” can also tell you whether you should invest in the stock market, what kind of pizza to eat for dinner, and when you will find the love of your life.

  3. Speedy on

    @Barnstable E. Fyfe – the device uses an advanced optical sensor and two green led ligths to read the blood profusion in your skin. Having the MIO Alpha and having done a few tests with it side by side with other heart rate monitors (including one at the doctor’s office) can safely say it works and is very accurate. Not marking fluff at all, rather factual reporting. Nice job BR.

  4. Searchie on

    Strange the Velo had no display, I would like to see my heart rate without taking my phone out. Also very handy if I don’t record my session, just to use it as a heart rate monitor (stand alone). We not always want to use my smart phone…..

  5. steve on

    I have a mio alpha and it works 3/4 of the time. I sent the first one back as it worked half the time. It will read accurately for a while , maybe 45 minutes, then it will stick at a rate either high or low. I found the workaround is simply move it over to the other wrist. I do like it, but it’s definitely not perfect.

  6. RickyBob on

    The Fuse is the heartbeat watch I’ve been waiting for. I want an all in one solution, not something that needs to be paired with a phone to provide meaningful data. I cant take my phone with me when I’m swimming!


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